By Dave Hunter
Fender’s Stratocaster is arguably the number-one tool icon of the guitar global. while brought in 1954, its offset space-age strains, contoured physique, and three-pickup configuration set the track global on its ear—it used to be really in contrast to any guitar that had come prior to. within the fingers of the world’s such a lot liked gamers, the Stratocaster has for the reason that turn into a well-liked weapon of selection between rock, blues, jazz, and state gamers and, no longer coincidentally, can be some of the most copied electrical guitars of all time. In this authoritatively written, painstakingly curated, and gloriously awarded tribute to the 60-year-old Fender Stratocaster, writer Dave Hunter covers the guitar’s background from suggestion, layout, and version release via its a variety of adaptations and correct as much as the current. the tale is illustrated with archival pictures of Stratocasters and their gamers in motion, studio photographs of Stratocasters of various classic and provenance, memorabilia linked to well-known gamers, and profiles of over 30 famous Strat slingers throughout the a while. Influential rock’n’ rollers like blood brother Holly, Hank Marvin, Ike Turner, and Dick Dale; blues gamers like blood brother man, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, and John Mayer; steel gods Richie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Dave Murray; esteemed rockers Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Ronnie wooden, Robbie Robertson, Rory Gallagher, Mark Knopfler, and Wayne Kramer; and post-punk heroes the sting, John Frusciante, and Billy Corgan are all integrated. And so, after all, is Jimi Hendrix. With its extraordinary point of element and gorgeous visuals, The Fender Stratocaster is the one e-book tribute valuable of the world’s maximum guitar.
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His mother remarried a violent alcoholic, who beat the young boy until ike knocked him out with a piece of wood and ran away to Memphis. ike began playing piano and guitar, forming the Kings of rhythm in high school; he kept the name of the band throughout his career. Along with playing across the south, ike became a music scout. He brought B. B. King and Howlin’ Wolf to the attention of sam Phillips at sun records, who first recorded them and leased the sides to Bihari brothers’ Modern records in Los Angeles.
He undoubtedly played a significant role in bringing the stratocaster into being, but he also deserves recognition for his musical career. Carson was born in Meridian, oklahoma, in 1926 and was raised in Amarillo, texas, but eventually followed the road to California that had lured so many “okies” and Midwesterners to the land of milk and honey—which was, in his case, the land of western swing. shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles, Carson established himself as a reliable A-list sideman with a string of major acts Fender Stratocaster • 34 • Bill Carson’s 1959 Fender Stratocaster.
I started playing because i couldn’t get my guitar players to do what i wanted. Also, i can lead the band better when i’m not confined to the piano. i don’t want to holler across the stage if somebody is out of tune. . i always had trouble with drummers, so i mostly ike turner • 47 • Ike Turner played rhythm the way a drummer plays a high hat. ” Playing that sonic Blue strat, ike would intermix chords, riffs, and bass lines, much like a piano player. As ike’s then-guitarist in the Kings of rhythm, seth Blumberg, detailed, “His life is the rhythm—that’s why his band is called the Kings of rhythm.